National Press Club

Wife of tortured Chinese human rights lawyer to plead for his release at Tuesday Newsmaker

September 4, 2014 | By Herb Perone |

The wife of renowned Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng will make a pubic appeal for her husband’s release to the United States at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. in the Zenger Room.

He was released from prison on Aug. 7 and his now staying with his wife’s sister in Xinjiang, under house arrest. He is being denied access to medical care.

Gao Zhisheng's wife, Geng He, will reveal at the Newsmaker previously unknown details of the torture her husband suffered at the hands of Chinese security officials during his four years of imprisonment. She will also ask the Chinese government and the international community to allow him to travel to California, where Geng He and their two children live, on an extraordinary humanitarian basis.

Appearing with Geng He will be their international lawyer Jared Genser and Human Rights Watch’s China Director Sophie Richardson.

Like all Newsmaker events, this news conference is open to credentialed press and NPC club members, free of charge. No advance registration is required.

Contact: Tony Gallo, NPC Newsmakers Committee, the event host at